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CO and WA US Senate: Both Appear To Lean Blue

Posted Nov 03, 2010 at 3:31 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

According to polling analysis this morning, it appears that Democrat Bennet in Colorado and Democrat Murray in Washington have won their respective US Senate contests.

Final US Senate Distribution of Power, as of this morning: Democrats 53 seats, Republicans 47 seats.

In the Florida Governor's Race, it appears that Republic Scott has won.

Colorado Governor: Big Win for Democrats

Posted Nov 02, 2010 at 2:48 PM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

A big gubernatorial win for Democrats in a key swing state--Colorado: John Hickenloper wins.

US Senate Races Remain Competitive For Democrats

Posted Nov 02, 2010 at 2:18 PM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

As many Democratic held seats change hands in the US House, a surprising number of US Senate races remain competitive for Democrats: races in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois remain too close to call. Republican candidates were in the lead in all of these races in pre-election polling for these states. This may could be a long evening.

Colorado US Senate 2010: Too-Close-To-Call

Posted Oct 01, 2010 at 1:38 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

A survey by CNN/Time/Opinion Research in Colorado reports that Republican Ken Buck leads incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennetfor U.S. Senate by +5% among likely voters, 49% to 44%.

PollTrack Continues To Rate The Race Too-Close-To-Call

Colorado Governor 2010: Democrat In Lead

Posted Aug 13, 2010 at 2:11 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

A just released Public Policy Polling survey in Colorado suggests that Democrat John Hickenlooper holds a strong lead over his Republican challenger, Dan Maes in the race for governor, 50% to 38%. The prospect of a likely third party rung by Tom Tancredo improves the Democrat's standing even more: Hickenlooper's lead grows to +25%, with Hickenlooper at 48%, followed by Tancredo at 23% and Maes at 22%.

PollTrack Rates The Race Leans Democrat

Colorado US Senate 2010: Primary Leaders

Posted Jun 22, 2010 at 1:29 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

A Denver Post poll in Colorado reports that incumbent  Sen. Michael Bennet leads his Democratic primary challenger Andrew Romanoff among likely voters by a hefty +17%--53% to 36%. In the Republican race, Ken Buck holds an equally impressive lead over Jane Norton, 53% to 37%.

US Senate 2010: Examining The Toss Up Races--Colorado

Posted Mar 22, 2010 at 1:37 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

This week, Polltrack looks at races it rates as a Toss Up for 2010 US Senate.

Here is the poll average for COLORADO:

Norton (R) 45.5% to Bennett (D) 41.0%.

Slight edge to the Republican, but the race remains very close, with many voters undecided.

CO US Senate 2010: Tied Up

Posted Mar 18, 2010 at 12:49 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

A Public Policy Polling survey in Colorado reports that the 2010 race for U.S. Senate has now drawn down in a tied. In a hypothetical match up, incumbent Democrat, Michael Bennet is tied with his Republican challenger Jane Norton at 43%. The outcome of the Democratic primary in the state could make a difference, however: In PPP survey, Democrat Andrew Romanoff actually leads Norton, 44% to 39%.

PollTrack's Read: Too-Close-To-Call


CO US Senate 2010: Leans Republican

Posted Feb 04, 2010 at 2:09 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

According to PollTrack's first read of the 2010 US Senate Race in the key swing state of Colorado, incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet has fallen behind in his race for reelection. PollTrack First Call: Leans Republican

Colorado US Senate 2010: Democratic Appointee Struggling

Posted Dec 17, 2009 at 1:39 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton appears to be the Republican with the best shot of beating either of the potential Democratic candidates in Colorado’s race for the U.S. Senate. According to the poll, Norton bests incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet 46% to 37%. Benet was named to the Senate by Democratic Governor Bill Ritter after Senator Ken Salazar became secretary of the Interior. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. Additional bad news for the Democrats: Bennet "has a challenger in his own party, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Norton beats Romanoff 45% to 34%, little changed from the previous survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided, while seven percent (7%) like another candidate."

CO US Senate 2010: Colorado Democratic Incumbent Vulnerable

Posted Sep 16, 2009 at 1:19 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

According to a new Rasmussen survey, Colorado’s appointed U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is in trouble in his 2010 bid to fill out his full term. He now find himself in a toss-up with two potential Republican challengers, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier. (Bennet leads Buck 43% to 37%. "With Frazier as the opponent, Bennet is essentially even. The numbers are 40% for Frazier and 39% for the incumbent." As Rasmussen correctly notes, "any incumbent who polls less than 50% is considered potentially vulnerable."

Colorado US Senate: Michael Bennet to replace Ken Salazar

Posted Jan 02, 2009 at 8:20 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

The New York Times reports this afternoon that Governor Bill Ritter, Democrat of Colorado, is set to announce that he’s selected Denver Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to replace Ken Salazar in the United States Senate. Senator Salazar, Democrat from Colorado, is up for confirmation to be the Secretary of the Interior. The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter may make the announcement as early as this Saturday.

John Hickenlooper Is Top Choice of Colorado Voters To Replace Sen. Ken Salazar

Posted Dec 24, 2008 at 3:45 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

According to a Public Policy Polling survey, John Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver, is the top choice of Colorado voters to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, recently picked as the incoming Secretary of the Interior. Still, the field of contenders still pretty open. In order of support, here are the poll's findings: Hickenlooper--23%; Rep. John Salazar (the senator's brother)--15%; House Speaker Andrew Romanoff--12%; former mayor and cabinet member Frederico Pena--11%; Rep. Diane Degette--8%; Rep. Ed Perlmutter--6%; Treasurer Cary Kennedy--2%. Hickenlooper is the top choice for Democrats, Republicans and independents, and polls strongest among White voters.

Colorado US Senate: Another Special Election In 2010

Posted Dec 17, 2008 at 5:40 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

Colorado is the next state headed for a special election in 2010 to fill out the remainder of an incumbent Democratic US Senator's seat. With Colorado U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar soon to be appointed President-elect Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior,  PollTrack wonders if the Democratic talent drain from the US Senate, which now includes seats from New York (Clinton), Illinois (Obama), Delaware (Biden), and possibly Colorado, could present problems for the party in retaining or gaining seats in a year where more than the expected number of Democrats would have to defend their seats.

US Senate 2010: Incumbent Democrat Looks Safe In Colorado

Posted Dec 12, 2008 at 7:34 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

According a a new Research 2000/Daily Kos poll out this week, it looks like incumbent Democratic senator Ken Salazar is poised to win reeelection. In a hypothetical matchup with John Elway, former football megastar quarterback for the twice-winning Super Bowl Broncos, Salazar wins, 49% to 38%. Research 2000 notes: "The Colorado GOP bench is thin, and a lack of top-tier credible challenger means that Salazar, who isn't exactly the most popular senator ever (his 48-41 approval-disapproval rating is respectable, but nothing to boast about), may have a much easier time getting reelected than might otherwise have been the case."